WASHINGTON — For all who believe in colorblind justice — and want to see fewer African-American and Hispanic men caught up in the system — there are two items of good news: a judge’s ruling ordering changes in New York’s “stop and frisk” policy and Attorney General Eric Holder’s initiative to keep nonviolent drug offenders out of prison.
There may be little the United States can do to end the savage bloodletting in Egypt, but at least our nation can be loyal to its ideals by bearing witness and telling the truth. In this, President Barck Obama has failed.
President Barack Obama’s message about the government’s massive electronic surveillance programs came through loud and clear: Get over it.
If the new, decentralized al-Qaida is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shuttered for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.
Its not your imagination. The Republican Party really does seem to have taken leave of its senses.
WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated — even as Snowden himself is being vilified.
The bad news is that approval ratings for both the president and Congress are sinking, with voters increasingly frustrated at the bitter, partisan impasse in Washington. The worse news is that in terms of admiration for our national leaders, these may come to be seen as the good old days.
We should talk honestly about unresolved racial issues, such as those exposed by the Trayvon Martin case, but President Barack Obama is not the best person to lead the discussion. Through no fault of his own, he might be the worst.
Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night with a verdict setting his killer free.
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